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Fine Art A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Fine art requires engagement with aesthetic and intellectual concepts through the use of traditional and/or digital media, materials, techniques and processes for the purpose of self-expression.

Fine art may be created to communicate ideas and messages about the observed world, the qualities of materials and perceptions. It can also be used to explore personal and cultural identity, society and how we live, visual language, and technology.

Course content

For the purposes of this qualification, fine art is sub-divided into the following four disciplines:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Lens-based image making.

Students will be required to work in one or more of the disciplines to communicate their ideas.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE'S at A* - C grade


There are two parts to the A Level.

Component 1 Personal Investigation

This component incorporates three major elements:

  • Supporting studies
  • Practical work
  • Personal study of a minimum 1000 words of continuous prose.

Component 2 Externally Set Assignment

The exam board set theme is distributed in February, you will have 8 weeks to investigate, develop and plan your response to the theme. You then have 15 hours to produce a personal outcome.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher throughout the two years with written and verbal feedback given. At the end of the course both components are internally marked and externally moderated.

All work is assessed with reference to the four exam board set criteria.

  • Develop ideas
  • Explore media
  • Research record analyse review
  • Present outcomes.

You may be assessed for an AS qualification in this course at the end of your first year as a measure of your progress.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to an Art Foundation course. This is a general diagnostic year that allows students to try all Art and Design specialisms before going on to an higher education course. Some universities will accept students on to a Fine Art degree with A Levels and a portfolio, but many prefer students to complete the Foundation year.

Career opportunities exist in Fine Art and craft areas, research or museum and gallery work. Artists often combine their own work in studios and workshops with teaching, or community arts and youth work.

Fine artists also move into employment in related visual areas such as art journalism and aspects of design for architecture, theatre, film, photography and performance. Others lean towards art as illustration or artwork for textiles.

Fine Art A level can also accompany other subjects and contribute a qualification to unrelated higher education applications and career paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016
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